MTA officer kills robbery suspect in Reisterstown

November 12, 2006|By Julie Scharper

A Maryland Transit Administration police officer fatally shot a man last night who was trying to rob a passenger near the Reisterstown Road Plaza subway station, police said.

Police said the robbery suspect pulled out a gun after being confronted, forcing the officer to fire in self-defense.

The officer was part of a team of seven plainclothes officers who were patrolling the area last night in response to a wave of robberies, said Capt. David Marzola of the transit police.

Police reported seeing the suspect, accompanied by two other men, approach a passenger leaving the subway about 7 p.m. The man pressed a pistol into the passenger's back and then rifled through his pockets, Marzola said.

The officers chased the three men. The man with the gun ran down the train tracks, pursued by one of the officers, police said.

When the man turned around with a pistol, the officer shot him. The man was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:31 p.m., Marzola said.

Police did not identify the man or the officer last night. Following department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation, police said.

Marzola said police were searching last night for the two other men, who were last seen running down Patterson Avenue toward the Reisterstown Road Plaza.

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